December 12
{13 Days Until Christmas}

Read Together

That night some shepherds were in the fields outside the village, guarding their flocks of sheep. Luke 2:8

Discuss Together

The sheep are resting quietly on the hillside outside of Bethlehem. The flock of woolly sheep huddled together, sleeping. The sky was dark. Stars twinkled overhead. Tending sheep was both a responsible and dangerous job in Palestine – it involved living outside with the flock, protecting them at night from thieves and wild animals, and keeping them safe from wandering off and injuring themselves. The shepherds were going about their everyday life, working, minding their own business, doing what they did every single day, totally unaware that the most amazing event had just occurred, and that God wanted them to be a part of it. Until…

Do Together

  • Plan a special event for a normal regular day! Prepare a candlelight dinner, using your fine china or special Christmas dishes. Dress up, just to celebrate!
  • Make cinnamon ornaments! Stir together 1 cup cinnamon, 4 tablespoons of white glue, and ¾ cup of water. The dough should look like thick cookie dough. Refrigerate for 2 hours. Sprinkle more cinnamon on your work surface, knead the dough, and then roll to about ¼ inch thick. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters. Poke a hole for a hanger by using a straw. Let dry on waxed paper for a few days, turning occasionally (or speed dry by baking in a warm oven for 2 hours.) When dry, hang with ribbon and enjoy your ornaments!
  • Wrap presents. Set up a center with empty boxes, wrapping paper, and tape. Let the children “do it themselves.”

Pray Together

I pray whatever we do, we work at it with all our heart to please you. Colossians 3:23